Since the launch of the USB Type-C connector system back in 2014, the new and improved USB connection standard has been slowly growing and being adopted by most smartphone manufacturers for their high-end devices. Here we will mention the Top 10 Best USB Type-C Smartphones in 2017 so you can find a device that fits the latest standard and don’t have to worry about old connectors.
Top 10 Best USB Type-C Smartphones in 2017
While it is not necessarily a given, one of the big advantages that comes with USB Type-C is the USB 3.0/3.1 support, which not only provides increased data transfer speed, but also reduces the time it takes to recharge devices. Another advantage of having a USB C smartphone is that you don’t have to worry about the direction of the port when connecting the cable so even if you connect it the wrong way, you won’t get any scratch marks on your device.
10. Xiaomi Mi 6
The high-end smartphone from Chinese manufacturer offers great value for money as it features a 5.15-inch curved edge display, 12MP dual-lens camera, 6GB RAM and Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 835 processor. For connectivity and charging purposes, the Xiaomi Mi 6 also has USB Type-C support with QuickCharge 3.0 so that the 3350mAh battery is charged quickly. Xiaomi Mi 6 is currently one of the best USB Type-C smartphones available in the market that doesn’t break the bank.
9. LG G6
Powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM, the LG G6 is another good USB C smartphone with a USB Type-C reversible connector and uses USB 3.1 standard for fast data transfer and improved recharging speed alongside QuickCharge 3.0 support. Thanks to the USB Type-C port on LG G6, the smartphone also has USB On-the-Go capabilities for connection of external USB devices.
8. Huawei Honor 8
A budget smartphone that packs quite a punch, Huawei Honor 8 is one of the cheapest option in our Top 10 Best USB Type-C Smartphones in 2017. While the Honor 8 might be a USB C smartphone, it uses the old USB 2.0 standard so connection speed isn’t as fast as some of the other options available but at under $300 price tag, such small sacrifices are to be expected.
7. ZTE ZMax Pro
Priced at under $200, the ZTE ZMax Pro is another worthy contender for the best USB C smartphone. The 3400mAh battery of this 6-inch display smartphone is charged through the USB Type C 1.0 reversible connector, however, consider the device launched in 2016 and targets budget audiences, it still uses the old USB 2.0 standard.
6. Microsoft Lumia 950
One of the earliest devices to adopt the USB Type-C standard for smartphones, the Microsoft Lumia 950 might be difficult to find these days but if you can manage to snag one, it is an amazing USB C smartphone that still holds its own in performance these days, despite the dated and limited Windows OS. Despite its age, the Lumia 950 used the USB 3.1 standard for better speeds.
5. HTC U11
After a few years of absence from the smartphone market, HTC returned in full form with some amazing products including one of the best USB Type-C smartphones in 2017, the HTC U11, which is not only a great looking device but also has some unique features like squeezing the smartphone to launch the camera. The 3000mAh battery of HTC U11 is charged by USB C that uses USB 3.1 standard
4. Google Pixel XL
Google’s top of the line flagships, Pixel and Pixel XL both use the USB Type-C connector and thanks to their stock Android firmware and Pixel XL’s camera, which was the highest rated smartphone camera, the devices might be the perfect purchase when making a USB C smartphone purchase without compromising on performance. However, the price might be a limiting factor for some people.
3. Xperia XZ Premium
While Sony’s Xperia devices are well known for being extremely expensive, when it comes to Xperia XZ Premium, the price tag might be worth it as it is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835, has a 19MP camera and sports a 5.46-inch 4K display. All of this is to be powered by a 3230mAh battery that can be quickly charged using the USB 3.1 support USB Type-C connector.
2. Samsung Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8 is the first Samsung smartphone to use the USB-Type C connection making it a big deal and worthy of a mention in our Top 10 Best USB Type-C Smartphones in 2017. Prior to S8, the old USB-A standard was seriously holding the company back with data speeds and charging time, which is no longer the case.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung’s true flagship device, set to launch this month, the Galaxy Note 8 is all one could want in a USB C smartphone, provided they have close to a $1000 to spend on a smartphone. The high-end phablet is powered by the Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM and has a 6.3-inch 2960 x 1440 display. Continuing the tradition of Galaxy S8, the Note 8 also uses USB Type-C connector with USB 3.1 standard for improved performance. You can check how well the device performs in our in-depth review here.
So there you have it, our list of Top 10 Best USB Type-C Smartphones in 2017. The rate at which USB Type-C is improving and becoming a norm, with even laptop manufacturers like Apple adopting it to charge their devices, it is only a matter of time before the old Type-A standard might become obsolete for all high-end and mid-tier smartphones.